Happy Birthday, Blue Zircon!

Updated: 2 days ago

Did you know that Zircon actually exists in a variety of colours including greenish-blue, yellow, brown and white (aka colourless)?


Electric blue colour, however, is the most popular and widely available.


It also happens to be one of my favourite gemstones!


Blue Zircon is a December birthstone, along with Tanzanite (more on that gorgeous stone next week).


Whether you are a December baby or not, I'm sure blue zircon grabbed your attention with its unique colour. It is the perfect one-of-a-kind addition to any jewellery box.


It also has a history that goes back 4.4 billion years!



woman's hand wearing a large blue zircon and diamond halo rose gold cocktail ring and stacking ring on index finger with hot pink manicure


Let's take a look at some fun facts about this wonderful gem:


  • In the Middle Ages zircon was believed to send one off into a deep sleep and scare off evil spirits

  • Colourless zircon is often mistake for a diamond

  • Zircon typically has very few inclusions

  • As zircon is a denser material than diamond, a 1 carat zircon will look smaller than a 1 carat diamond

  • Blue zircon was very popular during Victorian Era and is often seen in estate jewellery

  • Zircon found in Australia is considered to be one of the oldest minerals on earth, estimated at 4.4 billions years old


loose cushion cut blue zircon on a ribbon


Is Zircon the same thing as Cubic Zirconia?


No.


People often confuse the two due to their similar sounding names.


Zircon (below) is a natural stone found in nature.


Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic / lab created / man-made stone. It has completely different properties and is much less valuable.



oval blue zircon and diamond halo yellow gold necklace




Source


The majority of zircon comes from Madagascar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and Australia.



round blue zircon and diamond halo white gold stud earrings


Availability


Blue zircon is fairly abundant and is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.



large cushion cut blue zircon and diamond halo rose gold cocktail ring next to a piece of lavender and lemon cut in half



Blue zircon is much more affordable than diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and alexandrite.


Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable blue zircon really is.


Other gorgeous blue gems include aquamarine and blue topaz. However these two won't have that same sparkle as blue zircon.


Due to its unique properties, blue zircon shows more brilliance and fire than other gemstones.



oval blue zircon and diamond halo white gold necklace


 

Pro Tip: To keep your jewellery sparkling like brand new, make sure to keep it clean!


Learn how to clean your jewellery in 4 Easy Steps here

 


round blue zircon and diamond halo white gold drop earrings



Blue Zircon Birthstone


Blue zircon is also known for the following traits:

  • brings stability and strength of mind

  • repels negativity

  • develops intuition

  • encourages positive energy and positive behaviour

  • helps achieve one’s goals


blue zircon infographic


 

Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?

Visit my previous post titled Beauty and Power to find out!

 

loose oval blue zircon in a stone paper brifka next to jeweller's tweezers


Durability


In terms of hardness, blue zircon scores a 6.5 - 7 out of 10 on Moh's scale.


With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your blue zircon if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.


I wouldn't recommend it for an engagement ring but it makes a great option for "occasional wear" rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.



oval blue zircon and diamond white gold necklace

 

Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this unique gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.

 


white paper gift bag with a blue ribbon tied in a bow






Is Blue Zircon on your wishlist?



I would be delighted to hear about it!



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